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tonight about the misfortunes of another prominent politician, former congressman jesse jackson jr. of chicago, who is charged with using campaign funds to finance an appetite for expensive jewelry, furs, and other luxury items. we'll get that story tonight from nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. >> reporter: the day after former congressman jesse jackson jr. was charged with misusing campaign funds, the downfall of the once rising political star has shaken his hometown of chicago. >> i find the level of theft on his part stunning. >> you have to learn from your mistakes. that's all. we'll pray for hill. >> reporter: jackson was charged friday with diverting $750,000 in campaign funds for personal benefit, including $43,000 for a gold plated rolex. nearly $19,000 for michael jackson memorabilia. $10,000 for bruce lee items. $5,100 for fur capes and parkas. and $5,000 for a football signed by u.s. presidents. >> using campaign contributions for these kinds of personal expenditures is way over the line. you just can't do it. >> reporter: jackson's wife sandra
. michelle kosinski, nbc news, pretoria, south africa. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. was for years considered a rising bright light among democrats in congress with a famous family name. but today he and his wife were in tears in a federal courtroom, pleading guilty to serious crimes involving campaign money. both of them now face possible prison time. our report from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: for jesse jackson jr., the walk into the courthouse was the end of a slow-motion fall from grace. he told a federal judge, for years i have lived off my campaign. admitting that he took money received in political contributions and used it to make more than 3,000 separate purchases for himself and his wife over the past seven years. a $43,000 gold watch. $19,000 for one of michael jackson's guitars. $16,000 for a pair of elk heads. tens of thousands more in furnishings for their homes in washington and chicago. total value, $750,000. >> jesse jackson jr. had the drive, the ability and the talent to be the voice of a new generation. but he squandered that talent. >
. >>> federal prosecutors today filed campaign finance charges against former chicago congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife sandi. jackson has admitted to using $750,000 in campaign money to buy personal items, including a rolex watch, mink coats, furniture and even a hat once worn by michael jackson. his wife signed a plea agreement, admitting to filing incorrect joint tax returns. jackson apologized for his actions in a statement today. he faces up to five years in prison. >>> valentine's day is a big one for romance, and getting engaged. but if you got a diamond ring this week and it came from costco, you might have been sold a bill of goods. the jeweler, tiffany & company sued costco yesterday for promoting some engagement rings as tiffany diamonds at a discount. but the jeweler says they have never allowed any of their products to be sold at costco. tiffany is seeking damages. no word yet on whether any happy couples are seeking refunds. we're back in a moment with a blast from the past and a major milestone this weekend. ♪ >>> the nbc television newsreel with paul ally, your commen
from the command center set up to find him. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife could be headed to prison. they've both been officially charged in connection with the misuse of campaign funds. on friday, federal prosecutors formally filed charges as jackson is said to be accepting a plea deal. they claim jackson misused $750,000 in campaign funds to buy personal items like michael jackson and martin luther king memorabilia. jackson is reportedly going to accept a plea deal. his wife, sandy, faces one count of tax fraud. >>> facebook says it's been hacked. the social media giant says its systems were targeted in a sophisticated attack after employees visited an infected site which installed a malware and bug on their computers. facebook says none of its millions of users' information was compromised. >>> in sports news, serena williams is making history, becoming the oldest woman ever to claim the highest spot in women's tennis. she clinched that top-ranked title on friday with a quarterfinal win at the qatar open. claiming the oldest woman ever title. she's only 31. >>
" on nbc. >>> coming up, the new job that michael jackson's 16-year-old son, prince, just landed. >> also, the woman who gave birth to four boys on the same day but they are not quad druplets. >> what? >> i don't know. quadruplets. >> what? >> i don't know. we'll explain after your local news. adjust your retirement plan along the way. rethink how you're invested. and refocus as your career moves forward. wherever you are today, a fidelity ira has a wide range of investment choices to help you fine-tune your personal economy. call today and we'll make it easy to move that old 401(k) to a fidelity no-fee ira. ii am the hero of my story.lly. i am her hero. i am ready for tonight. i am ready for the rest of my life. let your hair color do the talking new revlon luxurious colorsilk buttercream™, ammonia free, triple butter complex of mango, shea, and coconut for superior hair color, gorgeous texture and amazing shine. try new revlon luxurious colorsilk buttercream™. >>> time is 7:26. good morning. i'm jon kelley. google stock setting a personal best this morning and crossed 800 for the fi
is boredered by jackson and taylor streets in japan town. the idea to build apartments and a 60,000 square foot center for the arts. they are now negotiating with the portland base. now that things are looking up again, talks are back on. the city sees this as a way to revive japan town. >>> still ahead at 6:00, one minute he was updating his software. the next his house was filled with smoke. what caused his laptop to burst into flames and his warning to others? >>> and can your genetics play a role in whether you catch a cold? new research out tonight. >>> and good evening, i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. we're tracking a storm here throughout this evening. it's going to be a few areas of thunderstorms potentially for tonight. we'll let you know the track on that. otherwise it's also been pretty blustery with wind chills already in the 30s right now. >>> in health matters tonight, what could be a new way to find 0 out if you're more at risk for the common cold, we all have caps at the end of our chromosomes and they have been link linked to life span. their length could b
. >>> jesse jackson waived his right to trial admitting he used $750,000 for campaign funds for personal use. his wife also plead guilty. jackson will be face sentenced in june. he faces up to 50 years in prison and a fine. his wife faces two year and fine. >>> disgraced lance armstrong will not attend the anti-doping agency. the group that stripped him of his title. wednesday was the last day to cooperate. the only way he could lift his life-long ban from competitive sports. the cyclist refused. >>> the case from the same-sex marriage could get a boost from the president. he could overturn california's ban on gay marriage. the commander in chief has until the end of the month to intervene in the case. >>> and this nifty trick shot had draws dropping in kuwait. when it looked like it was out of reach. he reached behind his back, you city in slow motion. his stunned opponents could do nothing but applaud. got to give it up -- wow. that's like the fourth gump shot, right? >> that's right. >> any expert in sports can appreciate that one. >> i like that. i like ping-pong. how about a quick check
briefly kept two bears of pets on the white house lawn? >> thomas jefferson, james monroe, andrew jackson, chester arthur. >> james monroe. >> jackson. >> you can't give two answers. what is that? >> thomas jefferson. >> they win. >> congratulations. >> the old guys. >> leonard cooper, thanks. >>> coming up live, when to call it quits in your relationship. but first these messages. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem, that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce the ris
monroe. >> jackson. >> you can't give two answers. >> what is that? >> we are, of course, here in miami. >> oh, no, no! >> yeah. let's get to work! >>> you're watching "today in the bay." >> good morning, everybody. it is now 8:56. i'm jon kelley. let's get right to the forecast and check out your friday outlook with christina loren. >> we have a great looking weekend shaping up. a little haze over san jose but mostly blue skies over the greater bay area. it will warm up nicely today. a 30-degree jump to where we are headed. nice rebound. crisp p.m. sunshine this weekend. more cloud cover tomorrow morning and drop your temperatures a touch from today's highs. otherwise, we'll warm right back up for sunday. 65 livermore, 63 san jose, 63 in los gatos. getting into the weekend cooling for saturday, sunday warm you right back up. then the 70s return. ♪ >>> welcome to a very special edition of "today" on this friday morning, february 22nd, 2013. our friday field trip in florida. you can see a little salsa going on. it is a party by the pool here. those are the women of dance south florida.
, it's just -- to me, i'm from houston, texas, well, lake jackson, just south of that and it reminds of, like, hurricane evacuations when we have no power, like, katrina in the dome except it's afloat. >> have there been days where you haven't gotten to eat at all? >> there have not been days where we haven't gotten to eat but, like, the food -- it's basically bread is what you get. and there are sandwiches, like, maybe a thin slice of tomato with some mayonnaise, by the time we get there. but, you know, however, the good thing i have to say the cruise has been phenomenal. they have tried to do the best they possibly can, but the leadership, oh, my gosh, like, they'll tell us one thing, you know, for example, you know, a tugboat was supposed to come once that first evening. well, we sat on the water for two days with nothing and, you know, the seas were really high. in fact, that night my friends and i we slept in our lifeboats in our bed and i truly, truly, truly thought the boat was going to tip over because it slants at, like, a 45-degree angle one day, and then the next day it's to
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